Summary: American Conservation Experience, a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ, in partnership with the National Park Service, is seeking THREE Interpretation and Visitor Services Interns to dedicate 12 weeks in support of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The main duties include providing high-quality interpretive services through contacts at the visitor information desk, formal and informal interpretive programs, and special event management assistance to improve the public's understanding and appreciation for Blue Ridge Parkway and the history and heritage of the people who settled the Blue Ridge Mountains. This opportunity is intended for conscientious, enthusiastic, individuals with an interest in developing their interpretive skills.
Start Date: August 6, 2017
End Date: October 28, 2017
* A 12-week commitment is required *
Location: The Blue Ridge Parkway, VA through NC.
The Interns' duties will occur on the Blue Ridge Parkway and within contingent communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway from milepost 106 through milepost 250. Responsibilities may occur at visitor centers, historical sites and during community events. Duty Stations are:
- Rocky Knob, milepost 167 (Floyd, VA)
- Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 (Galax, VA)
- Doughton Park, 238.5 (Laurel Springs, NC)
A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other: a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. The Parkway meanders for 469 miles, protecting a diversity of plants and animals, and providing opportunities for enjoying all that makes this region of the country so special. The varied habitats along the Parkway, ranging from 649 feet at James River in Virginia to 6,047 feet at Richland Balsam in North Carolina, offer protection to an enormous diversity of plants and animals.
Project Partner Website: For more information regarding the Blue Ridge Parkway, please visit the NPS website at: https://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm. For more information on the ACE Internship Program, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Compensation: The ACE interns receive a living allowance of $100/week for food and incidental expenses, paid bi-weekly. ACE interns will be accommodated in park housing at no cost for the duration of the internship. Interns will also receive a $700 travel allowance dispersed evenly throughout the duration of the internship.
AmeriCorps: This position is not eligible for AmeriCorps.
Position Description: The primary objective of the position is to independently provide high quality interpretive services through contacts at the visitor information desk, formal and informal interpretive programs, and special event management assistance to improve the public's understanding and appreciation for Blue Ridge Parkway and the history and heritage of the people who settled the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The NPS will train, mentor and coach ACE Interns to:
- Assess visitors' needs enabling them to provide the appropriate level of information or assistance.
- Provide orientation, directions and information about the services or activities of interest to the public.
- Direct customers with problems, questions, or complaints to the appropriate person.
- Educate customers regarding rules, regulations, and safety concerns to gain compliance.
- Perform as a team player, treating all co-workers and visitors professionally, with courtesy and respect.
- Research appropriate topics for their site, develop an interpretive product and present this product.
- Students will also become confident in speaking to a variety of situations:
- Present informational talks, guided tours, briefings, and/or lectures to a variety of audiences.
- Initiate verbal communication with customers in a variety of settings to inform, educate, and/or guide.
- Promote an organization's programs and services to encourage public interest.
- Provide appropriate direction and/or resolution to visitors with problems, questions, or complaints.
At the conclusion of this internship, the park expects to have:
- A list of reading material that they found valuable and includes a reference list.
- A biography of experiences, pictures and insight obtained during this internship as a deliverable for the partner that funded these internships.
- An outline for an interpretive talk and a cultural demonstration.
Qualifications: Applicants for the position must hold or be pursuing a minimum of a bachelor's degree and/or have relevant experience in subject areas such as education/interpretation, ecology, botany, biology, history, natural resources management, environmental science, or related disciplines.
- Must be a US Citizen and Permanent Resident
- Must be between the ages of 18 to 35
- Must be able to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with NPS resource professionals and their partners
- Must have a valid driver's license, provide documentation of a clean driving record, and have a personal vehicle
- Must have a deep interest in interpretation and a respect for nature
- Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check is required
- Proficiency in English is required
The interns must be willing to represent ACE and the partner organization in a professional, positive, and enthusiastic manner. Drug users should not consider applying, as ACE reserves the right to require drug testing.
To Apply: Please submit a thoughtful resume and cover letter along with three professional references using the APPLY NOW section located on the upper right hand corner of the position listing on the ACE website: usaconservation.org
NOTE: Early consideration will be given as applications are received. This posting may close at any time. If you have any questions regarding this position, please feel free to contact ACE EPIC Program Manager, Peter Woodruff at (801) 989-7069 or email@example.com.
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